Ambulance delays in the UK have led to people taking the sick or injured to the hospital on their own rather than waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
According to a recent study, people who needed urgent medical attention, including in accident and emergency cases, managed to get themselves to the hospital instead of waiting for an ambulance in one-third of cases, even people who also use public transport for this purpose.
A survey revealed that those who need immediate emergency medical assistance drive themselves or take public transport to the hospital instead of waiting for an ambulance.
The survey was conducted on behalf of the Liberal Democrats, in which 2,000 adults participated. They said they had called 999 in an emergency for themselves or a family member in the last 12 months.
A third of them said they went to the hospital on their own because of long delays, one in six said they drove themselves, one in 10 said they took a taxi; and 6% said they took a bus. He said that he reached the hospital by bus or train.
According to figures from the National Health Service in England, in February, it took an average of 8 minutes, 30 seconds for an ambulance to arrive at an urgent call, compared to the target of 7 minutes.